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The Best Encrypted Flash Drives

At a Glance

Very cool biometric finger swiping and FIPS 140-2 level 3 make this flash drive super secure. But it's expensive and only a median performer.

Pros

  • FIPS 140-3 level 3 validated
  • Biometric protection

Cons

  • Mediocre performer
  • Pricey
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At a Glance

AES 256-bit hardware encryption, manageability, anti-malware software, and a well-designed tactile experience highlight the Defender 2000.

Pros

  • Manageable
  • Good performance

Cons

  • No USB 3.0
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At a Glance

The CE Secure Vault FIPS offers hardware encryption, FIPS 140-2 Level 2 certification, manageability, and reasonable performance.

Pros

  • FIPS 140-2 Level 2 Certified
  • Manageable

Cons

  • No USB 3.0
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Where to buy

At a Glance

Fast, affordable, managed, the DT4000M is also one of the more affordable FIPS 140-2 certified secure flash drives on the market.

Lowest price: $46.00 via Overstock.com

Pros

  • FIPS 140-2-certified
  • Managed drive is appropriate for businesses

Cons

  • No USB 3.0 option
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At a Glance

This slender keypad drive is secure and can handily be used with any operating system or device, but performance is subpar.

Pros

  • Works with any OS or device
  • Integrated keypad

Cons

  • Slow performer
  • Nothing to speak of
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